Shane Victorino has been lauded for making hay from the batter's box ever since he started hitting exclusively right-handed. But that righty stance -- or just the way Victorino stands in the box -- has some people thinking that's also why Victorino has been hit by pitches five times this postseason and an American League-leading 18 times this year (11 of which came in the 38 games after he started batting only right-handed).
Skeptics include Tigers hurler Justin Verlander, who is pitching Game 3 for Detroit on Tuesday afternoon. He had a message for the American League Championship Series umpires ahead of his outing.
"I've seen pitches that [Victorino] got hit on that were strikes," Verlander told reporters Monday. "So, I mean, I don't think you can worry about that. I think just whoever is the home plate umpire needs to be aware he's up there."
Verlander said Victorino stands "right on top of the plate" with his arms leaning out of the batter's box and into the zone.